'The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower, known as early as the 12th century by the name of “Nectar Dei”. In the 16th century the vast property surrounded by oak woods amid the hills of San Donato, Castellina in Chianti and Panzano, belonged to Michelangelo who in 1549 wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts,” and on that occasion sent the Nittardi wine to Rome as a “genuine gift to the Pope “.' From the producers website
The rumours has it that the Pope still gets six bottles a year.
2011 Nittardi Ad Astra:
Deep ruby, layered, morellos, licorice and plums. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing palate, mouthwatering. Lovely texture and structure, good length. 90
2009 Nittardi Nectar Dei:
Deep ruby. Cherries, plums, licorice and redcurrants. Figs and wood. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner body, elegant, long finish. Needs air to open, lovely length. 91
2009 Nittardi Chianti Classico Riserva:
Deep ruby. Fruity nose for Chianti, quite intense, ripe cherries and blueberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite mouthwatering, lovely balance, good length. 90